We help individuals and families address inappropriate, challenging or unsafe behaviour.
What is challenging behaviour?
‘Challenging behaviour’ is a term used by therapists and other health professionals to describe behaviours that affect the safety of an individual and/or the people around them. It also refers to behaviours that limit a person’s ability to access the community or go about their daily lives.
Challenging behaviour is often complex, erratic, unpredictable, and difficult to work with and/or control. Challenging behaviour usually occurs when a person’s needs are not being met by their environment and impacts their quality of life. It is important to note that many behaviours people consider challenging are usually age appropriate behaviours. For example, a 3 year-old not being able to wait their turn or share.
Our Behaviour Support Services
At Therapy Focus we have a number of therapists who specialise in behaviour support. These therapists work with individuals, families, carers, education staff and other health professionals to identify why challenging behaviour is occurring and provide strategies to manage and prevent the behaviour.
Examples of challenging behaviour that our therapists can provide support for include:
- Refusing to do things or cooperate
- Running away
- Fighting with siblings/parents/family members
- Spitting or faecal (poo) smearing
- Aggression and violence
- Harming others
- Anxiety and depression
- Self-harm and suicidal behaviour
Our therapists use an evidence-based model called Positive Behaviour Support to help children and adults with challenging behaviour cope better. They also help the people around them respond more effectively.
The first step is to identify why the behaviour is occurring. Once we understand what a person is trying to tell us through their behaviour, we can develop strategies to better support them. These strategies might include making changes to the person’s environment (e.g. home, school, work) so that it meets their needs, teaching new skills or helping meet their needs (e.g. sensory needs).
Our behaviour support services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual, their family and carers. Services can be provided at home, school, in our clinics or in community settings.